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Plymouth Argyle: James Brent’s “Five Year Plan”

Football club takeover and ownership tales often have common elements such as financial disarray, incompetent and/or egomaniacal former owners…and, all-too-often, Peter bloody Ridsdale. Plymouth Argyle came through all that. And yet… I last covered Plymouth in February 2014. Argyle had emerged from financial disaster, inflicted by a rogues gallery-and-a-half of “personalities,” very much including Ridsdale. However, uncertainty loomed over new owner, local “entrepreneur” and Harry Potter stunt-double James Brent, who “saved” them in October 2011. Questions lingered over the “saved” club’s true finances and Brent’s true motivation…everywhere except the local, Brent-loyal Plymouth Herald newspaper. I re-read that article while...

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Blackpool Supporters Do The Right Thing

The value of FA Cup matches against Football League opposition for non-league football clubs is well documented. Revenue sharing for match tickets and television money is, for clubs that may be otherwise dependent upon modest sponsorship and commercial revenues, gate receipts and other sundry sources of income, a most welcome breath of fresh air through annual accounts that may well otherwise fall somewhere between being stale and being rotten. This creates something of a dilemma for the supporters of clubs at which there is discontent at the behaviour of owners. By a law of unintended consequences, smaller clubs may...

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Premier League Review: Of Mice & Footballers

The last week or so has brought about considerable media excitement at the prospect of a tightest Premier League title race for years. With a solitary point separating the top five clubs, the ultimate hope of the media and broadcasters – that a spread of “big” clubs: none of those upstarts like Leicester City, thank you very much – would be jostling for position like horses approaching the first fence of the Grand National has started to feel as though it might just come true. Four of those five clubs won at the weekend, and three of them scored...

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Football League Review: The Slenderest of Margins

After six minutes had been played at The American Express Community Stadium yesterday afternoon, the Norwich City goalkeeper Michael McGovern mis-controlled a routine back-pass and was muscled off the ball by Glenn Murray, who rolled the ball in off the post to give Brighton & Hove Albion the lead in their top of the table Football League Championship match. What a difference a handful of inches can make. Had Murray missed this chance, Norwich may well have tightened their defence on account of this early scare. The result might have been very different. On this occasion, however, Murray had...

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West Ham United & Football’s Intractable Position

It was always likely to be a combustible fixture, was West Ham United vs Chelsea in the League Cup. A rivalry that dates back decades in a competition for which match tickets are usually available played at this time of year could hardly be described as a low-risk fixture, and perhaps the aspect of this story that is likely to raise eyebrows amongst most supporters is anybody might have considered that this wouldn’t be the case. Both of these clubs’ support bases have a reputation, and surely only in the minds of the sunniest of optimists could it have...

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